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Links of the Week
The Barna Group pegs the average Protestant church size in America at 89 adults. Only 2% of churches have over 1000 adults attending.
When big news happens, pastors usually start an internal dialogue about the coming Sunday’s message.
If you’re a parent, read this. Seriously! As a dad to two little girls and twins on the way, I appreciated Brian’s thoughts greatly.
In light of the current cultural climate, I’m convinced another emphasis is needed—pastor as apologist. Just as pastors need to be equipped theologically to lead their people from God’s Word, they also need to be equipped apologetically.
With Finish coming out next week you’ve been hearing more from me than normal, so I’ll make this quick.
My team and I just decided to throw in one final bonus for anyone who pre-orders Finish before Monday at midnight. (If you’ve already pre-ordered, you’ll get this bonus as well.)
Everyone who pre-orders Finish will get access to my 30 Days of Hustle Course for free.
I’m not particularly looking to turn this into a series, but last week’s collection of sentences on devotional times seems to have helped some people, so I thought I’d do one more. Here are the ten most helpful sentences I have read (or heard) on the subject of preaching:
In my experience, it’s easier to hide bad leadership in a place, which isn’t growing.
However, the larger an organization gets – the more growth that occurs – the more bad leadership becomes apparent.
Short and to the point on this one…
One of the easiest mistakes to fall into is a “strategy rut.” This means you embrace a certain strategy during its anointed heyday, but then fail to keep abreast of how the Holy Spirit seems to be anointing different strategies now.
Don’t do this daily because it requires you to pull away from daily responsibilities for deep thinking and can throw you out of your daily rhythm, but once a year you should mentally resign your role and start over. To be clear, I do NOT mean an actual resignation where you leave the job and hope to get re-hired the next day.
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